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Described as “an innovative and prolific scholar” by Foreign Policy and named one of the magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers four years in a row, Anne-Marie Slaughter turns big ideas and deep analysis into realistic strategies for a networked world. A Princeton University foreign policy expert, a former top official at the U.S. State Department, and a Work-Life leader, Dr. Slaughter confronts a range of topics — from geopolitics and global challenges to gender equality and leadership — with a unique and powerful voice. She writes a monthly column for The Financial Times.
As President and CEO of New America, a public policy institute and idea incubator, Slaughter leads a team of scientists, technologists, and political and economic thinkers in Washington, DC and New York City. New America develops cutting-edge solutions for public problems in such areas as national security, healthcare, technology policy, and education.
Slaughter headed the U.S. State Department’s internal think tank and advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As the first female Director of Policy Planning, she oversaw a major review of America’s diplomatic and development priorities.
In her latest book, The Chessboard & the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World, Slaughter uses network science to develop a new way of thinking about strategy in business and politics at a time of accelerated change and disruption. Publishers Weekly called it a "paradigm-changing book."
Her 2012 article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” an in-depth and controversial look into the extreme work-life balance of today’s professional women, quickly became the most-read article in The Atlantic’s 100-year history. Named one of the best books of 2015 by NPR and The Economist, Slaughter’s latest, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, focuses on the future of the workplace. The Financial Times featured her in its special issue, “Women of 2015."
She is the Bert G. Kerstetter University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton. The first female Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, Slaughter rebuilt the school's international relations faculty and programs. A contributing editor to the Financial Times, Slaughter also writes a column for Project Syndicate. She is the author and editor of seven books, including A New World Order.
Slaughter received her doctorate in International Relations from Oxford and her law degree from Harvard before teaching at University of Chicago and Harvard Law Schools. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, on the board of Abt Associates, and, along with Ben Bernanke and Gordon Brown, is one of the five members of the PIMCO International Advisory Board.
Global Hot Spots and Blind Spots
North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, the East and South China Seas, Iran. What’s happening in the world’s hot spots and where are things headed? What are people missing?
Dr. Slaughter begins with a conventional geopolitical analysis of what’s at stake. She then explains what we are not seeing — the many factors and trends, which are critical in causing or resolving the crises, that are being ignored or distorted.
Providing an overarching framework — the chessboard and the web — Dr. Slaughter describes the elements of a geopolitical analysis and the elements of a networks and flows analysis focusing on people, trade, energy, climate, and information technology. Political analysts tend to operate entirely on the chessboard while economic analysts tend toward the web. Both frameworks are necessary, she argues, when assessing global risks.
Strategies of Connection: Making Networks Work
Who is connected, how they are connected, and whether those connections are properly cultivated and managed are vital to success in business and politics.
In this speech, Slaughter presents a new way of thinking about strategy at a time of accelerated change and disruption. She distills a broad range of network theory from multiple disciplines into 10 basic principles to create networks designed for resilience, replication, innovation, and collaboration – with examples drawn from foreign policy, business, civic activism, and education. She also lays out the nature of power in networks – from power over to power with – and discusses the 5 components of network leadership.
Big Ideas for a New America
Americans want each generation to live better than the last. To do that, we need to invest in the future.
Since 1999, New America Foundation has taken a venture capital approach to finding the best solutions for public problems. They provide cutting-edge thinking and doing in education, economic policy, counter terrorism, and technology policy. Their team of technologists, scientists, and political and economic thinkers incubate ideas, scout talent, develop new technology, and actively solve problems.
New America Foundation President and CEO Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter takes you through several groundbreaking ideas and policies. The speech can be customized, allowing the sponsor to select three, five, or seven ideas or areas of policy that are of the most interest. They include: big ideas on the future of education, healthcare, civic enterprise, manufacturing, media, the Americas, leisure and productivity, the Internet of Things, big data, the future of warfare, and political reform. In this talk, Dr. Slaughter brings audiences up to speed and gives them a look at what’s ahead.
Reinventing the Workplace
While it’s still early in the digital revolution, we are already living at a time of extraordinary change. Just as the industrial revolution moved workers from farms and cottages to offices and factories, the digital revolution is increasingly making work – manufacturing as well as services — possible wherever we are. But as we become a genuinely digital economy, we must break out of the mold of the industrial workplace. That will require much more than simply learning to work on line.. We must transform gender roles for men and women and build a national infrastructure of care to support the on-demand economy. We must reinvent the workplace. In this talk, Anne-Marie Slaughter shows what real innovation looks like, not for women, but for all employees. She identifies a set of specific policies that improve not only the quality of life for employees, but also company performance and productivity.
Leading From the Center
There are two predominant leadership styles vying for power in the world today. Hierarchical organizations, like the US military, use an authoritative style, relying on command and control, agenda-setting, and preference-shaping to structure their members. Other organizations, such as Wikipedia, network members, promoting their most effective tool, collaboration, to create an empowering work environment. While these two models seem inherently different, most organizations are usually compounds of the two.
What is the best way to lead? It’s a difficult question to answer. Throughout her career, Anne-Marie Slaughter has worked for organizations that have a variety of structures in place. At the US State Department, she observed bureaucrats spending a great deal of time keeping things in order — a hierarchy that required all of its components to run effectively. But as Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson school, she encountered a horizontal system where tenured professors would not take orders. Now, as the President of the New America Foundation, a decentralized think tank and solutions platform, she mixes these tools and styles to develop a new type of organization.
Discover what leadership style works best and when and how to effectively lead from the center.
Back to the Future: The Geopolitical Landscape
In the north, political, demographic, and economic forces are driving us back to the geopolitical landscape of the 1950s. China is turning inward. The United States will once again become a central manufacturing platform for exports to both Europe and Asia. Russia will be the U.S. and Europe’s principal adversary on global issues. Iran and Saudi Arabia will be the twin pillars of U.S. Middle East policy. The growth and excitement will be more in the southern hemisphere: South America, Africa, India, and the ASEAN countries. North-south economic and human flows will be much stronger than in the 20th century, tying the Americas, the Mediterranean community, and North and South Asia much closer together. But south-south economic ties and political groupings, designed explicitly to challenge traditional Western clubs, will start to re-write the rules of the international game.
Unfinished Business: Right the Balance — Women, Men, Work, Family
Anne-Marie Slaughter argues that as long as work and family are considered women’s issues, women and men will never be equal and employers will continue to hemorrhage great female talent. The job of caregiver for children, families, and the elderly can no longer fall on women any more than the job of breadwinner can fall only on men. Understanding and implementing this larger cultural shift is the key to hiring and retaining the best millennial talent and to increasing productivity both at home and in the office. Companies should be making extended coverage plans for all workers just as they make succession plans, anticipating that all employees – parents, children, spouses, siblings – will need to make room for care.
In “Unfinished Business,” Anne-Marie Slaughter takes audiences through the future of work and family. By making room for self-care, care for loved ones, and investing in communities, society can reinvent the workplace to focus on results, customized careers, and on-demand provisions of everything. “Unfinished Business” answers why businesses and families alike must recognize “care” as an integral part of life. With practical individual solutions and a broad outline for change, Anne-Marie Slaughter presents a future in which all of us, men and women alike, can finally have fulfilling careers along with the rewards of family life.
A Longitudinal View of the World
For all the emphasis on the rise of Asia and the potential of both trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trade agreements, an enormous amount of growth, development, and economic integration will be taking place in vertical slices around the world: Northeast and Southeast Asia; North America, Central America, and South America; and Europe, the Mediterranean, and Africa. Flows of money, goods, people, energy, and culture are increasingly vertical in direction, reflecting above all the direction of migration and resulting demographic change. To take just one example, the U.S. exports 45% of its goods to Canada (19%), Mexico (14%), and Central/South America (12%). As people knit continents together, economic activity follows: remittances first, but then trade and growing investment. Equally important, North and South Asia, Euro-Africa, and the Americas all combine the following: growing demand from developing countries with mature consumer goods export economies and natural resource exporters; deepening regional savings pools to finance bond and equity markets; and a mix of aging societies with pools of much younger and increasingly skilled labor.